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Michigan’s Iraqi Refugees Lack Resources

Arab Detroit, Posted: Dec 19, 2009

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.— Metro-Detroit’s increasing influx of Iraqi refugees lack needed social and financial resources, reports Arab Detroit. While most Iraqis have found refuge in neighboring Middle Eastern countries, over the past three years, 33,000 Iraqi refugees have settled in the Detroit area, with approximately 15,000 in 2009.

The news report references a recent town hall meeting, where Michael Corbin, deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs made efforts to reassure the Iraqi community and build better ties with them. A large concern community members raised was that the refugees have only eight months of governmental assistance, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and no support afterwards. Amne Darwish Talab, program director with Arab Community Center for Social and Economic Services (ACCESS), said that accommodating the growing refugee community has been extremely difficult and ACCESS is stretched still trying to assist refugees of the Gulf War in the early 90’s.

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